Re: Latecoere Lt de Vaisseau Paris F-NORD

Dan Gribbin

The photo is likely to have been a shot of the "Lt. de Vaisseaux Paris," the 521, which toured the Caribbean in 1935.  A real ugly duckling, but the interior featured a kind of central ballroom fashioned of beautiful wood.  Definitely a heavy aircraft, and apparently not hurricane-proof.  The aircraft was salvaged from Pensacola Bay and, in refurbished form, effected a transatlantic round trip in 1937.  Then, in 1939, Guillaumet and St. Exupery flew it from France to New York as a demonstration of its capability to serve in the North Atlantic.  The outbreak of war put an end to those plans.  Good article in Wikipedia.  Dan Gribbin.
Rôle: Hydravion transatlantique: Constructeur: Latécoère: Premier vol: janvier 1935: Dimensions; Longueur: 31,62 m: Envergure: 49,31 m: Hauteur: 9,07 m: Aire ...


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From: aerophilately@... on behalf of GreyOldDave decrotty@... [aerophilately]
Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2017 7:02 AM
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Subject: Re: [aerophilately] Re: Latecoere Lt de Vaisseau Paris F-NORD

Some years ago Jay Stotts was judging my exhibit and mentioned that his mother had a photo of a Latecore at a port on the east coast but he didn't know which one. I wondered many times if it was indeed the 521(before wwII) or maybe later one of the larger 631s after the war. Maybe this answers that question. 
David Crotty

From: "bluzeman1@... [aerophilately]"
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Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:47 PM
Subject: [aerophilately] Re: Latecoere Lt de Vaisseau Paris F-NORD

This Laté 521 aircraft made a demonstration tour on this side of the Atlantic, a tour for which covers exist.  The aircraft ended up at anchor in Pensacola Bay, but a hurricane blew in and caused it to capsize, ending its airborne life. 

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